Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hebrews 12:18-29

Many on-line accounts now require you to answer a challenge question like “Your mother’s maiden name” or “Your pet’s name” as a security precaution prior to accessing your on-line information. This week I had to create a new account and one of the challenge question options was “Your first friend”. A high school friend came to mind and as I entered his name, I decided to see if I could find out where he was. In a manner of minutes, I had an e-mail address for him. We have now exchanged messages and are in the process of renewing a 20-year old friendship. Good friends are an investment that lasts.

It is interesting that this just happened, because one of the messages I heard from today’s reading is that God will do a shaking and only those things that cannot be shaken will remain. In this same vein, Matthew 6:19-21 tells us,

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

We have many choices in how we invest our resources, many options in where we expend our energies. It is important to remember that there will be a day when our actions and choices will be judged. We can allow this to temper our behavior and be a guide to help us invest wisely.

Alan Davenport

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